The Commonwealth and International Library: Selected Readings in Physics

1st Edition - January 1, 1969

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  • Author: E. J. M. Kendall
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138503

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Transistors reviews major advances that have been made with respect to transistors and illustrates some of the many facets of transistor research and development. Topics covered range from point contact devices and junction devices to p-n junctions in semiconductors, unipolar and analog transistors, and hole injection in transistor action. The physical principles involved in transistor action are also discussed, along with the nature of the forward current in germanium point contacts. This book is comprised of 19 papers and begins with a summary of the semiconductor physics pertinent to the understanding of transistors. The reader is then introduced to developments in point contact devices and junction devices; how the conductance of thin films of semiconductors is modulated by surface charges; the relation between surface states and rectification at a metal-semiconductor contact; and a three-element electronic device that utilizes a semiconductor as the basic element. The remaining papers focus on p-n junction transistors; the theory of alpha for p-n-p diffused junction transistors; and unipolar and analog transistors. The effects of electrical forming on the rectifying barriers of n- and p-germanium transistors are also analyzed. The final chapter describes a thin-film transistor fabricated by evaporation of all components onto an insulating substrate. This monograph will be of interest to physicists and electronics engineers.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Part 1

    1. Semiconductor Physics

    2. Point Contact Devices

    3. Junction Devices and Subsequent Developments

    Part 2

    1. Modulation of Conductance of Thin Films of Semiconductors by Surface Charges

    2. Surface States and Rectification at a Metal-Semiconductor Contact

    3. The Transistor, a Semiconductor Triode

    4. Nature of the Forward Current in Germanium Point Contacts

    5. Physical Principles Involved in Transistor Action

    6. The Double-Surface Transistor

    7. Investigation of Hole Injection in Transistor Action

    8. Effects of Electrical Forming on the Rectifying Barriers of n- and p-Germanium Transistors

    9. p-n Junctions in Semiconductors

    10. p-n Junction Transistors

    11. Theory of Alpha for p–n–p Diffused Junction Transistors

    12. A High-Frequency Diffused Base Germanium Transistor

    13. Principles of the Surface-Barrier Transistor

    14. Unipolar and Analog Transistors

    15. A Unipolar "Field-Effect" Transistor

    16. The TFT—a New Thin-Film Transistor


Product details

  • No. of pages: 340
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2013
  • Published: January 1, 1969
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138503

About the Author

E. J. M. Kendall

About the Editor

D. Ter Haar

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